Giuliani said the GOP needs to focus its efforts in all 50 states.
(CNN)–Rudy Giuliani says the Republican party needs to change its strategy if it wants to win in 2008.
"How about we win?" the GOP hopeful said in a speech Saturday. "That means that we take back the House, we take back the Senate, and we keep the presidency in Republican hands," he said.
Giuliani said the GOP needs to focus beyond running in 25 or 30 states "which is what we have done in the last 3 or 4 times, which is why we had to depend on Ohio, in '04 and we had to depend on Florida in '00."
He criticized the way certain races had been run in the past. "We do this 30 state campaign, we don't campaign in 20 of the states," the former New York mayor said, "and these happen to be the states where we lost members of the Congress and Senators and we have to become again, among other things in 2008, we have to become a 50-state Republican party."
Giuliani, who was speaking to a gathering of women, said when it comes to Senator Hillary Clinton, D-New York, voters should consider more than just her role as the only woman in the presidential campaign. "American people decide who they want as president based on who they think the right person is for the country, not whether someone is a man or a woman or a different race," Giuliani said. "We have a record that's very, very proud and very long of making certain that women participate on a full and complete and equal basis with men," he said.
Giuliani made his comments to the National Federation of Republican Women Convention in Palm Springs, California. He was scheduled to campaign in Portland, Oregon, and Kirkland, Washington later in the day.
– CNN Political Desk Editor Jamie Crawford